West Ham United 1-1 Chelsea FT

Barclays Premier League
West Ham United v Chelsea
Boleyn Ground
Sunday 20 December
Referee: Mike Dean



Full-time score - West Ham United 1-1 Chelsea

94 mins - It's all over. A point is a point in any game, but against the league leaders, that is a good result. Zola affords himself a smile and the home crowd greet the final whistle with a cheer. The Hammers return to action against the league's bottom side, Portsmouth, on Boxing Day.

93 mins - Diamanti works some space down the left, but he over-hits the cross to Collison, who cannot control the high ball.

91 mins - Zhirkov fouls Parker, Diamanti lifts the ball into the area and Chelsea clear their lines. The bouncing ball gives Faubert some trouble, but he heads back to Green.

91 mins - At least three minutes of added-time will be played...

89 mins - Good defending from Tomkins, who has been superb all afternoon. The ball is worked out to Diamanti, who is fouled by Ivanovic. Diamanti curls the ball into Franco, who heads straight at Cech from close range, but not before the linesman has raised the flag for offside. It looked like it was Ilunga rather than Franco who had strayed beyond the last defender.

88 mins - Tomkins is forced to concede a corner by Drogba. The same player flicks on the resulting corner and Zhirkov drives the ball over the bar from 25 yards.

85 mins - Ooooh, that was close! Zhirkov breaks on to Lampard's pass before rolling the ball into the six-yard box. The goalkeeper can't gather the ball, but Tomkins is able to hack it behind at the vital moment. Green rises highest to claim Lampard's corner.

84 mins - Terry is booked for a high challenge on Faubert as the Frenchman tried to clear the ball.

83 mins - Franco holds the ball up well again before feeding Parker inside. The midfielder runs at the Chelsea back-four, only to lose control at the vital moment.

81 mins - Big penalty appeal from Franco, who appeared to be barged by Carvalho as he jumped for Diamanti's corner. Drogba flicks the ball out for another corner, which Cech claims high above his head.

80 mins - Drogba is brought down by Ilunga just outside the penalty area. It's close to the right touchline and very dangerous. Lampard crosses and Diamanti clears the danger. West Ham break through Franco and Faubert before Collison wins a corner.

79 mins - Good from Diamanti again, who cuts inside a challenge before seeing his shot blocked by Terry. The ball bounces to Noble, who twists and turns Lampard before seeing his cross cleared by Mikel.

78 mins - Tomkins finds Diamanti with a drilled 50-yard pass that the Italian kills on his chest. Parker makes another lung-busting run into the penalty area, only to slip and lose control at the vital moment.

75 mins - Chelsea are going to make their third change. It's going to be the Russian Yuri Zhirkov to come on. Joe Cole is the man to make way.

74 mins - Another chance for Joe Cole, and again he can't keep his shot down from the edge of the penalty area.

73 mins - Cech's resulting goal kick is flicked on by Drogba to Joe Cole, but the midfielder's half-volley is also off-target.

72 mins - The two West Ham subs are back on the bench. We might not need them as Diamanti stings Cech's palms with a well-struck half-volley from 20 yards. The ball ricochets back to Noble off Mikel, but his side-footer is high and wide.

69 mins - Both teams could go on to win this, obviously. What I'm trying to say is that neither side is dominating. In fact, it's turning into quite an open game.

66 mins - Superb play from Parker, who bursts through two challenges before finding Franco. Unfortunately, the Mexican was offside at the time and the attack is brought to a halt.

64 mins - Stanislas and Frank Nouble are out warming up on the touchline. Chelsea win a free-kick. Drogba curls it in and the ball bounces out for a goal kick.

61 mins - GOAL! Lampard slots the ball into the corner, sending Green the wrong way to level the scores.

61 mins - This is ridiculous! Lampard scores again, but there were six players inside the box this time... Another re-take!

60 mins - Lampard drills the penalty low past Green, but referee Dean orders a re-take, There were about eight players in the box.

59 mins - Lampard to take the penalty. Upson is booked for the foul.

58 mins - Good play down the left from Collison, who skips past Joe Cole and finds Franco, but Chelsea scramble the ball clear. Chelsea break and Upson appears to win the ball with a sliding challenge on Sturridge, but the linesman gives a penalty...

56 mins - Diamanti goes down under a challenge from Ivanovic. The referee gives nothing and Chelsea put the ball out for the Italian to receive some treatment. After a short break, the game is on again.

54 mins - A moment of drama there. Carvalho belts a backpass towards Cech. The goalkeeper's first touch is not the best, but he is able to clear ahead of Noble.

52 mins - Kovac is penalised for a foul on Lampard. Noble kicks the ball away and is booked. Lampard lines up another free-kick from about 35 yards. He scuffs it towards Terry and Faubert eventually belts the ball clear.

49 mins - A decent interception by Tomkins sets up an attack for the Hammers, which ends with Ilunga being fouled. West Ham waste the free-kick and Cech belts the clearance up field to Drogba. The striker smashes the ball on the volley from an almost impossible angle. It dips over Green and just wide of the far post. That would have been an unbelievable goal, similar to the one Marco van Basten netted in the 1988 UEFA European Championship final.

48 mins - Chelsea are controlling possession early on, but Sturridge wastes it with a 25-yard shot that flew an absolute mile over the crossbar.

46 mins - Chelsea kick-off the second half...

Two half-time changes for Chelsea. Kalou and Malouda are replaced by Daniel Sturridge and Jon Obi Mikel.

Half-time score - West Ham United 1-0 Chelsea

48 mins - Parker is the latest player booked, for a late sliding challenge on Ballack. It hands Lampard the chance to shoot from fully 35 yards. The ball hits the wall and is half-cleared. Chelsea get it back into the box, where Drogba flicks on and Kalou beats Green to the loose ball, only to stab it wide from six yards. A let-off, that was. Green smashes the goal kick high into the dark sky and Dean brings the first half to a close.

47 mins - Noble takes this time and Drogba heads clear. The ball is hooked by Collison to Noble, who lofts a deep cross towards Diamanti. The Italian hits the ball on the volley, but it's too close to Cech.

46 mins - We're into the first of three added minutes and Franco forces a corner. The goalscorer takes and Ivanovic beats Upson to head out for another corner.

45 mins - GOAL! Diamanti sends Cech the wrong way to put the hosts a goal up!

44 mins - Penalty to West Ham! Collison latches on to Franco's pass and is brought down by Ashley Cole, who is booked.

43 mins - Parker brings down former team-mate Joe Cole 35 yards from goal. Lampard takes the free-kick quickly to Drogba, but he can only drive his shot low into the side-netting.

41 mins - A couple of meaty challenges there. First, Noble goes in hard and wins the ball, then Ballack goes in harder and does not. The free-kick is curled into the box, but Chelsea clear through Terry.

38 mins - John Terry breaks down the left flank and, after a couple of attempted tackles and clearances, gets the ball back and finds Lampard. The former Hammers shoots too close to the goalkeeper and Green holds on at the second attempt.

37 mins - Drogba's flick-on finds Joe Cole, who is allowed to turn 25 yards from goal. He can't control his shot, however, and it screws well wide of Green's goal.

35 mins - Noble's appetite for this game is impressive. He slides in to challenge Kalou, forcing the Ivorian to pass the ball into the West Stand.

34 mins - Another chance for Lampard. Ashley Cole pulled the ball back from near the left corner flag, but his England team-mate could only drag his first-time shot wide of the far post.

33 mins - Franco is booked for backing into his marker. To be fair, that is not the first free-kick the forward has conceded.

32 mins - So close for the Hammers!  Parker finds Ilunga with a brilliant pass between Carvalho and Ivanovic. Ilunga cuts the ball back to Collison, whose shot is saved. The ball deflects to Franco, who is rightly flagged offside. The move is met with a crescendo of noise.

30 mins - Franco, playing up top on his own, is giving the Chelsea back-four a real working over. He may be 33, but the forward is clearly a fit man. As I type, the forward is felled from behind by Carvalho, who is booked for his troubles.

28 mins - A nice turn from Diamanti takes him past Ballack. He tries to find Noble with a through ball, but Ivanovic gets his foot in to intercept.

27 mins - Diamanti curls in the corner and Cech punches well clear for a throw-in.

26 mins - West Ham get up a bit of a head of steam, with Terry and Cech miscommunicating. The defender heads clear before the Hammers force a corner off Joe Cole.

25 mins - Ivanovic landed awkwardly after connecting with that header. After some running repairs on the touchline, he is back on the pitch.

23 mins - Close! Malouda curls in a corner left-footed and it is headed powerfully at goal by Ivanovic. Parker blocks the ball on the line with his chest before hacking it clear. 'Super Scotty Parker' chant the crowd, and they're right on the mark.

21 mins - Parker is penalised for a lunging challenge on Drogba about 30 yards from goal. The Ivorian takes the free-kick himself and it hits the ball and loops over the bar.

19 mins - The England Under-21 man is on...

18 mins - Gabbidon is going to have to go off here. He looks to have injured his hamstring chasing down a ball with Kalou a couple of minutes back. Tomkins will be the man to replace him.

16 mins - Ivanovic's cross falls to Malouda, who is tackled in the nick of time by Kovac. The ball rolls out to Ballack, who skies his shot from 25 yards.

14 mins - Joe Cole wins a corner down the right. Lampard crosses and Ivanovic heads on to the roof of the net from 12 yards.

13 mins - West Ham look bang up for this today, and the home crowd are giving them plenty of encouragement. Can they do a Fulham or a Portsmouth an overcome one of the so-called 'Big Four''?

9 mins - Noble travelled with the team to Bolton, by the way. Back on the pitch, Kovac finds Faubert with a 50-yard pass, but the Frenchman's low cross is too close to Cech.

8 mins - Noble wins the ball back in midfield and finds Franco. The Mexican turns neatly, but his shot his blocked. Noble has been lively so far, no doubt eager to get back in the thick of the action after missing the midweek defeat at Bolton.

7 mins - Good save by Robert Green. Joe Cole created some space for Lampard, and the former Hammer smashed a shot that the goalkeeper did well to turn aside for a corner. Lampard himself curls in the corner, which somehow eludes everyone and the chance is lost.

5 mins - Some action! Noble sends a neat through ball for Franco to chase. He appears to get there just in front of Terry before going to ground, but the Mexican doesn't appeal for a foul. The ball rolls through to Cech. Hmmm...

4 mins - Quietish start here at the Boleyn Ground. Both teams are having a bit of trouble actually keeping the ball on the field of play, which doesn't bode too well!

2 mins - Drogba tries an outlandish first-time ball to the rampaging Ashley Cole, but it flies out for a goal kick.

1 mins - The game starts at a real pace, with both teams zipping the ball around. Maybe the players are just trying to keep warm?

4.01pm - West Ham will kick-off, attacking the Sir Trevor Brooking Stand end of the ground...

4pm - The home team's names are read out, complete with some very flash new graphics on the big screens. The home crowd seem to like them!

3.59pm - Russell Brand and pop star Katy Perry are also in the crowd. Katy is sporting a West Ham scarf. Good girl!

3.56pm - Quite a few familiar faces have returned to east London for today's game. From the 1980 FA Cup-winning squad, Paul Allen, Frank Lampard Sr, Pat Holland and the aforementioned Phil Parkes are all in the stands. Here come the two teams...

3.54pm - For those of you who don't live in the south east of England, I can inform you that it is a cold day here at the Boleyn Ground. However, it doesn't look like we're going to have any more snow following last night's flurry. The sky is a pale blue colour and devoid of any clouds. While that doesn't bode well for the temperature when the sun sets in about half-an-hour, it at least means we shouldn't be seeing any more of the white stuff! Plenty of claret and blue Santa hats are sprinkled around the stadium, as opposed to the ten Father Christmases who made their way to St Andrews eight days ago!

3.50pm - Wolverhampton Wanderers' 2-0 win over Burnley at Molineux has lifted Mick McCarthy's side up to 12th in the table on 19 points. A win for the Hammers today would take them to within two points of Wolves. That is an illustration of how close the table still is. Elsewhere, Everton and Birmingham City are drawing 1-1 at half-time in the 3pm kick-off. If that game stays the way it is, Everton will have 18 points and sit in 15th place.

3.45pm - West Ham great Phil Parkes is introduced to the crowd. The goalkeeper talks about the pre-match ceremony held to honour Hammers great John Lyall. The main gates at the Boleyn Ground have been re-named in the former manager's honour. Following Parkes' interview, Lyall's son Murray is also introduced. Both men receive a warm round of applause from the supporters.

Gianfranco Zola has made two changes to his West Ham United team for the visit of Barclays Premier League leaders Chelsea.

Matthew Upson returns from injury for his first appearance since the 3-3 draw at Hull City on 21 November, while Mark Noble returns from the one-game suspension he incurred by being sent-off at Birmingham City eight days ago.

James Tomkins and Junior Stanislas drop to the substitutes bench. Marek Stech is included among the replacements for the first time this season, as regular reserve goalkeeper Peter Kurucz is sidelined with a minor shoulder injury.

For Chelsea, Nicolas Anelka is missing, but former Hammers Frank Lampard and Joe Cole are both in Carlo Ancelotti's starting lineup. Didier Drogba is partnered by Ivory Coast team-mate Salomon Kalou in attack.

West Ham United: Green, Faubert, Gabbidon (Tomkins 19), Upson, Ilunga, Collison, Kovac, Parker, Noble, Diamanti, Franco
Subs: Stech, Spector, da Costa, Jimenez, Stanislas, Nouble

Chelsea: Cech, Ivanovic, Carvalho, Terry, A.Cole, Ballack, Lampard, J.Cole (Zhirkov 75), Malouda (Mikel 46), Kalou (Sturridge 46), Drogba
Subs: Hilario, Ferreira, Belletti, Alex